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Here's why Café Santa Rosa opens for business out of a Peoria Heights performance center

General Manager of the Café Santa Rosa Rafael Vidal speaks with WCBU student reporter
Isabela Nieto
Rafael Vidal, general manager of the Café Santa Rosa.

Cafe Santa Rosa is open for business at its new location in the Betty Jayne Brimmer Performing Arts Center in Peoria Heights.

The café announced the closure of its Junction City location on Facebook on Aug. 26 and announced the move to Peoria Heights.

General manager Rafael Vidal said in addition to the opportunity for live performances at the new location, Café Santa Rosa also is expanding the menu.

“We are also in the process of getting the bar up and going, so we plan on having coffee in the morning, transitioning to the bar later in the evening” Vidal said, “And that bar is going to be a complement to the events we plan on bringing in.”

Vidal also said they plan to make the Café Santa Rosa a “hub” for international culture and performance.

“So we're really thinking about live music, that's a big one,” he said, “We also want to incorporate lots of dancing events. My dad and I were talking a lot about things like tango, flamenco salsa dancing and things like that, where the public can get involved.”

Vidal said their interest in bringing in performances came with the opportunity to move to the Betty Jayne Brimmer Performing Arts Center.

“We never thought we were gonna get into events or performances or anything like that. But once this opportunity presented itself, we said that in order to take full advantage of the space, we needed to have performances there as well,” Vidal said.

Café Santa Rosa is a family-run business that sells artisanal coffee sustainably grown in Colombia.

Vidal said the move and menu expansion will not only benefit them, but also the farmers they support in Colombia.

“Since we own the coffee farm, a portion of all the sales goes back to the workers there on the farm. Every year, we do a health clinic and just general health checkups,” Vidal said, "Because in Colombia, preventive medicine doesn't exist. So there's no such thing as a yearly checkup, a yearly dental cleaning, anything like that. And we provide that for our workers.”

Cafe Santa Rosa is open for regular business from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

For their menu and more information, visit cafesantarosa.com.

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Isabela Nieto is a student reporting intern at WCBU. Isabela is also a student at Bradley University in Peoria.